Kōkiri 19 – Rau Tau: Fiji and Tonga

Published in Kōkiri 19, Hōngongoi - Hereturikōka 2010

Fiji first toured and played New Zealand Māori in 1939, returning the hosts’ tour of the previous year. Of all opponents faced, the Fiji team has played New Zealand Māori most times with 29 games, New Zealand Māori having twenty wins to their credit.

Tonga is second in terms of games played against New Zealand Māori with 15, of which New Zealand Māori have won 11. Not only are matches extremely physical, they are also great advertisements for the sport as both Fiji and Tonga like to throw the ball around, much like New Zealand Māori.

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